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Welcome to my January – February Mayor’s Report.

Dear Member,

Welcome to my January – February Mayor’s Report.

This month has been dominated by finalising the Council’s budget and responding to some of the challenges we face around business rates reevaluation, threats to the local NHS and the MOPAC consultation on policing (update next month).

Hackney has been one of the boroughs hit hardest by Tory austerity measures. Since 2010, the Council has had to find £152 million to balance its annual budget, due to cuts to the grants we receive from Government, and rising cost pressures of £42m. More cuts in future years mean that from 2010/11 to 2020/21, the Government’s annual grant to Hackney will have fallen by £139m, a drop of 45%. We have to pass a balanced budget, but in the decisions we make, including to increase Council Tax, we will always focus on how we can preserve services, especially for the most vulnerable. I go into more detail on the budget below.

While we have to make difficult decisions, we can’t manage decline, that’s why the budget I’m proposing also commits us to: invest in our streets and parks, maintain and expand our supply of council homes, build the new schools we need, invest in our leisure centres and take the long term-decisions we need to improve and grow our town centres. I have also taken the time to meet with representatives of the borough’s voluntary sector about the difficulties they face and we have to work together on regeneration, young people and employment and skills.

Best wishes and apologies that I can’t be at the GMs this month hope to see you on the ‘Keep our NHS Public March’ on 4th March, 

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The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for Jan  & Feb 2017 can be downloaded here

Report from Mayor Philip Glanville – Jan - Feb 2017

Welcome to my January – February Mayor’s Report.

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Welcome to my November to January Mayor’s Report

Dear Member,

Welcome to my November to January Mayor’s Report.

Let me first wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Like many members and councilors I took part in last Saturday’s national campaign day to support the NHS. We now how important defending the NHS is locally, and have clearly stated our concerns about the North East London Sustainability and Transformation Plan. Only this week Cllr McShane and I met with both the Independent Chair of the STP and the Chair of the Homerton to discuss these plans and also the Pathlab at the Homerton. We will be developing our response to the governance arrangements and fully take on board the concerns expressed by local campaigners.

I know there is a lot of interest in divesting and Hackney Council’s Pensions Committee is taking further steps towards a fossil free pension fund after approving ambitious plans to cut the fund’s exposure to future CO2 emissions. Cllr Robert Chapman, Chair of the Committee has blogged about their work.

Finally I am really pleased to support, alongside Hackney’s MPs, the Hackney Gazette’s #HiddenHomeless Campaign, there is more about it below, but it is good to see the paper highlighting and campaigning on such an important local issue. Cllr Rebecca Rennison, Mayoral Adviser for Advice and Preventing Homelessness has blogged about our response to rough sleeping and some of these issues.

Best wishes, 

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The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for Nov 2016 & Jan 2017 can be downloaded here

Report from Mayor Philip Glanville – Nov 2016 – Jan 2017

Welcome to my November to January Mayor’s Report

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Welcome to my second monthly Hackney Labour Mayor’s Report for October & November 2016.

Dear Member,

Welcome to my October and November Mayor’s Report.

It’s been a busy month with some excellent results only this week in response to our campaigning on the Housing and Planning Act and for better rights for private renters. The Government backtracking on Pay to Stay and their pledge to end letting agent fees is a great result for Hackney and our hard work. It turned my attendance at the Axe the Housing Act Protest at Parliament on Wednesday into more of a celebration, but we must continue to keep up the fight against the forced sales of Council Homes and attacks on social tenancies.

This month myself and the Cabinet have also been campaigning against the large rises in business rates, which could impact on local businesses and the threat that changes to school funding might have on the borough – more on both can be found bellow. On Monday we launch a new engagement with residents about the future of our education, it will ask them what type of schools they want to see, whether they support selection and what role they think the Council should have in education.

In terms of new initiatives we will be agreeing a new Rough Sleepers Strategy on Monday, with plans for a new No Second Night Out hub in the borough. We are continuing to take forward our housing development plans at Nightingale Estate, Tower Court, Gooch House (new low cost homes to buy) and St Leonard’s Court. We have also launched the new Economic and Development Board that will be taking forward our ambitious agenda on investment, jobs, training and skills.

Best wishes, 

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The full report from Mayor Philip Glanville for October & November 2016 can be downloaded here

Report from Mayor Philip Glanville – October & November 2016

Welcome to my second monthly Hackney Labour Mayor’s Report for October & November 2016.

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